Video games are usually rated in terms of the graphics, story, sound, and gameplay. But from a business standpoint, games are usually looked at in terms of sales. In this post, we will delve into the top 8 grossing video games of all time. Any ideas on what they are?
On the eighth spot is an arcade video game released waaay back in June 1978. Space Invaders was one of the harbingers of arcade games that captured the attention of the public. The objective of the game was simply to fire at the waves of aliens by using the laser cannon attached on your state of the art but pixelated spaceship to earn points. It has really made abundant sales at the time when arcade games were on trend. The game has made 3.852 Billion dollars in 1982. That’s only 4 years since it was made. A huge feat, indeed!
Don’t take too lightly the things that medieval fantasy, massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) can do. There’s something very satsifying about wielding swords while donning an iron armor. And that’s what the creators of Lineage gave to the gamers. It’s a South Korean medieval fantasy video game developed by NCSoft that was released in the United States in 1988. Lineage was the most popular video game in Korea during its time and was also available in Chinese, Japanese and English. Sources say that the game is still making money until now.
On the 6th spot is the Wii Fit. What made fitness video game boom in the market was its awareness to health. Pushing exercise into a video game? Why not! This was made possible by Hiroshi Matsunaga of Nintendo. Wii Fit is an exercise game which includes actions using the Wii Balance Board. We can’t deny the fact that the fitness industry is continuously growing so when Wii Fit was introduced to public, it upturned their sales like hell! Also, it didn’t miff that the board itself was sold at a striking mark up, making each Wii Fit bundle bring a lot of cash. It’s still unknown up to this day whether Wii Fit players proceeded to live a healthy life.
The famous video game Pacman was developed and designed by Namco and Toru Iwatani. It was first released in Japan and has then become intensely popular. Who would have thought that a yellow dot eating, ghost avoiding blob would become a hit with the masses? Pacman has made tons of cash by selling lots of home versions and arcade versions of the game.
Four down, four more to go! Next is the top selling sports game Wii Sports. It was developed and published by Nintendo and was first released in North America. This game features five sports bundled in which includes basketball, bowling, tennis, boxing and golf and meshed really well with Nintendo’s WiiMote motion controller. Even non sports enthusiasts were hooked.
Making its way on the third spot is an online tactical shooting game – Crossfire! This comes as a surprise because this game is just an imitation of South Korea’s Counter-Strike and was released in China by Tencent. What made crossfire break into the top selling list are of course the…
! China has the most number of gamers, dude! It was the greatest grossing game of 2014, and is presently the third highest grossing game of all time. Beng! Beng!
Winning the “fight” for the second spot is Street Fighter II. It is a fighting video game that was released in 1991 which features a hot chick kung-fu master, and American soldier who looks like Johnny Bravo and many other famous characters like Ken and Ryu. This second installment from Capcom improved upon the many ideas introduced in the first game which was highly appreciated by gamers. Street Fighter II was played by at least 25 million Americans be it at home or at the arcades. It really deserves an applause for more than 6 billion dollars it has made.
Beating all the video games is none other than World of Warcraft (WoW). This game will really let you say Wow! World of Warcraft (WoW) is a MMORPG game made by Blizzard Entertainment and was released in 2004 on the 10th anniversary of Warcraft. Some may find it peculiar that the highest grossing game didn’t come from Nintendo, Sony or Sega. Another interesting fact is that it holds the Guinness World Record for the most subscribed MMORPG with 5.6 million subscribers as of the end of June 2015. No wonder it topped the list!